Can Mouthwash Raise Your Blood Pressure?

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  • Antiseptic compounds in mouthwash may destroy beneficial oral bacteria that are important for maintaining blood pressure, thereby contributing to high blood pressure levels
  • The use of the mouthwash containing the antiseptic chlorhexidine twice daily was associated with a significant increase in systolic blood pressure after one week
  • In a separate study, those who used mouthwash twice a day or more were more likely to develop high blood pressure than those who used it less often or not at all
  • A “major shift” in the salivary microbiome was noted after chlorhexidine mouthwash usage, triggering more acidic conditions, which favor increased dental caries, and lower nitrite availability and oral nitrate-reducing bacteria, which affect heart health
  • For optimal oral and overall health, you need to cease killing microbes in your mouth, and a key way to do this is by not using antimicrobial mouthwashes

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Medical myths: Bizarre, but true…

Fat people are jollier

Ever since Falstaff, fatness has been associated with jollity. According to psychologists at Lakehead University in Canada, the “jolly fat” hypothesis might actually be true, at least among women. Not only have they found a link, they suggest a mechanism, too: estrogen.

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